Have you suffered a serious injury in a car accident, truck accident, or other accident? If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, you might be wondering what the process will look like. Under Georgia law, people who suffer injuries in Georgia accidents may be entitled to compensation. Car accidents, truck accidents, and all other types of accidents can cause serious injuries.
At Smith Hulsey Law, our lawyers specialize in personal injury lawsuits. We know that considering filing a lawsuit can be overwhelming. That is why we make the process as simple as possible for our clients. Our clients only need to take the following two steps in their personal injury cases.
We tell you everything our legal team will do at your first meeting.
For the first step of your personal injury case, all you need to do is show up to your first meeting. At your first meeting, our lawyers will prepare everything you might need to do in advance. When you come to your first meeting, we will give you easy and manageable steps as to any tasks. Sometimes we need our clients to gather additional information or documents. You will not need to stress about figuring out how to proceed. Our experienced lawyers will carefully listen to the details of your car accident, truck accident, or other accident.
We conduct thorough investigations into our clients’ cases. After we determine fault, our lawyers develop an effective legal strategy. Our current and past clients frequently comment on our attention to detail. Our lawyers are incredibly responsive. We are in constant communication with our clients along the way.
Many times, lawsuits settle before our lawyers actually file the lawsuit. After your first meeting with one of our skilled lawyers, you usually will not need to take any other actions for the lawsuit itself. After our lawyers gather the information we need, we will begin to work on negotiating with the insurance company that insured the at-fault driver.
What happens when the at-fault driver’s insurance company refuses to offer a settlement? Or, what happens when the insurance company offers an amount that is too low? When insurance companies refuse to pay a fair amount, we will likely need to file a lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit may seem intimidating, however, our lawyers do most of the work involved.
To prepare for a personal injury lawsuit, our clients usually only need to attend a deposition. Depositions vary in times but many only take around one hour. You will not go into the deposition blindly. Our lawyers will sit down with you and prepare you for the experience of the deposition. We will be right beside you the entire time as you talk about the accident that caused your injuries. We can also help you prepare for the deposition by asking practice questions and discussing the process. The more prepared you are, the more comfortable you will be at the deposition. When a case does not settle, we do not hesitate to take it to trial. We fight hard for the best results possible for our clients, whether outside of court or through a personal injury lawsuit.
Continue seeing doctors to recover from your injuries.
At Smith Hulsey Law, we recognize that the most important job our clients have is to recover from their injuries. Our clients can leave the legal work to us while they focus on healing from their injuries. Many of our clients suffer severe personal injuries caused by car accidents. Recovering from these injuries can be extremely time-consuming and difficult. Depending on your injury, you may need to see one or more of the following medical providers:
- Primary care physicians
- Physical therapist
- Pain management facility
- Occupational therapist
We always advise our clients to go to all of their doctor and therapy appointments. Until a doctor tells you there is nothing more they can do to help you get better, keep seeing the recommended specialists. It is essential that you keep seeking treatment until you have seen maximum medical improvement. Maximum medical improvement means that you are back to your baseline health before the personal injury accident. That is it! These two steps are the only steps our clients need to take to prepare for and file a personal injury lawsuit.
Damages Available in a Georgia Personal Injury Lawsuit
At Smith Hulsey Law, our lawyers know how to calculate an accurate amount of personal injury damages. Left to their own devices, insurance companies often offer a settlement amount that is much too low. Insurance companies hope that injured parties will accept a low offer out of desperation. At Smith Hulsey Law, our lawyers know how to negotiate assertively with insurance companies.
Again, as a client, you will not have to speak with the insurance company or negotiate at all. We take care of that for you. Insurance damages should include economic or special damages and non-economic damages. Insurance payouts should include all of the following types of damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost past and future income
- The cost to replace or repair a damaged motor vehicle
- Other financial losses caused by the accident and injuries
- Damages for pain and suffering
Pain and suffering should income compensation for physical discomfort and pain associated with your injury. It should also include payment for the discomfort of medical treatment for your personal injuries. Many of our clients suffer anxiety, worry, emotional distress, and frustration as a result of their personal injury. Our lawyers fight hard to make sure that the at-fault party thoroughly compensates you for your injuries.
Have You Suffered a Personal Injury? We Can Help
If you have suffered a personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia can seem intimidating but it does not have to be. At Smith Hulsey Law, we make it easy for our clients. All our clients need to do are the two steps mentioned above. Contact our Georgia law firm today to schedule your free case evaluation.